Summer Vacations, Summer Splendors

I’m taking a week long break from original blogs as I dive deeper into my book and still try to catch some of the most beautiful hours of late summer.  While looking back at some of my older blogs to share with you again, I came across this one written in April 2009.  It struck a chord.  Yes, it’s about a sunny spring day and spring blossoms, but the message and the song bear repeating.  I hope you enjoy. 

Late breaking edition: My apologies for the bad timing here, when many of you East Coasters are battening down your hatches for Hurricane Irene.  I scheduled this a week ago.  The joys of nature may seem far in the distance now.  “Earth’s lamentation” seems most appropriate though, doesn’t it?

What’s the payoff for a cold, rainy spring?  A sunny warm day when the world bursts into bloom.  We’re having one of those today, and I wanted to share it with you.  Here are some photos quickly taken in my garden along with the words to one of my favorite hymns of praise, written in 1860 by American Baptist minister, Robert Wadsworth Lowrey and later revised by Pete Seeger.  I hope you enjoy.   

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My life flows on in endless song 

Above earth’s lamentation    

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I hear the real, though far off hymn 

That hails the new creation  

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 Through all the tumult and the strife

I hear the music ringing 



It finds an echo in my soul

How can I keep from singing?


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